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Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor and Kelly Macdonald in the original

Get your first look at the new Trainspotting movie

Daniel ‘Spud’ Murphy has been spotted in Edinburgh this week

When news hit last year that Trainspotting would be returning, the Internet lost its shit. The long-awaited sequel – which is based on Irvine Welsh’s Porno – has been struck by setbacks for nearly 20 years, leaving many convinced that it was never going to happen. “It’s not a great book,” Danny Boyle dismissed back in 2010. “We've been doing some work on it, and it's got potential, for sure.”

Now, though, it looks like that work has finally finished. The script has officially been perfected, and – if fan footage is anything to go by – filming is now in action on the streets of Edinburgh. Thanks to new clips captured by passersby in the Scottish city this week, we’ve been given our first glimpse of Daniel “Spud” Murphy on set. See below:

Spud, played by Ewan Bremner, will reportedly be joined by the rest of the original cast for the untitled project. This includes Ewan McGregor (Renton), Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy) and Robert Carlyle (Francis). According to director Danny Boyle, the follow-up will tell the story of them “getting involved in the vice industry in a very innovative way.”

In an interview with Collider last month, McGregor shared his excitement about the project. “The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good,” he revealed. “I think, if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us. None of us want to make a poor sequel to it. So had we not been presented with the most extraordinary script, which we were, I think we wouldn’t be making the sequel. But because we were, we are.” 

The film is currently set for a 2017 release.